We have a very wide opening between our dining room and our living room.
This makes it very difficult to keep Pearl out of this area, especially since gating between the kitchen and dining room is difficult because of the small space and split storage which makes it necessary to go back and forth all the time when cooking. We did our best to puppy-proof the kitchen and the dining room and we gated the opening to the downstairs, where our landlord/roommate lives (I haven no idea why our house seems to have very few doors in it). But we’ve still had some challenges when giving Pearl run of the house. Despite the fact that we’ve never fed her from the table, Pearl begs. She also gets in the kitchen trash, counter surfs, and generally gets in trouble when we aren’t watching her. Plus, we share the kitchen area with our landlord/roommate and every time he comes upstairs Pearl likes to greet him by barking, jumping, and generally trying to chew his fingers off. Though we have been working with her to minimize these behaviors, sometimes the best thing to do is just try to stop putting your dog in those situations (and also, sometimes we need a break).
So we decided we really needed to gate off the kitchen/dining room area. I did some research and found a gate that would span up to 100 inches. This weekend, our landlord/roommate generously helped me install it (by which I mean he installed it and I watched).
Pearl is not so much a fan of this new setup.
She has spent most of the weekend sniffing and staring at the new gate and whining.
I am not sure if there is a way to get her more used to this. It’s been awesome not to have to stop her from going through the trash, or be able to leave a dirty plate on the counter for five minutes, and not have to jump up and drag her off of my landlord/roommate whenever he comes upstairs. I think its a better alternative than crating her whenever we are cooking or eating. Right now, I am trying to handle this similarly to the way we handled crate training. When she whines or barks at us when we are on the other side of the gate, we ignore it. However, if she stands quietly at the gate, we will come over and say hello (I am not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing to do or if we should just consistently ignore her whenever we are on the other side of the gate).
It may be selfish, but I am really glad we were able to put in this gate. It makes our lives easier and makes our landlord/roommate happier. I just hope Pearl can learn to accept having her space limited. And I wish she would stop giving me those sad eyes, it kills me!